On 6/16/05, James W. McKeand <james at mckeand dot biz> wrote:
> Eric Gregory wrote:
> > I'm trying to print to my HP 8550N printer over the VPN. I install
> > the driver and the TCP/IP port for the printer and it knows the
> > device is there but when I try to print it says the printer is
> > unavailable. I have only one firewall rule for my PPTP and that's
> > allow any from any to any. Is it possible to print this way?
> > got it working? on client side I'm just using the native win XP
> > client.
> I ASSUME that this is on a laptop...
> Does it work when you are on the LAN? Make sure it works before you go
> off the LAN and try the VPN.
> Make sure the pptp VPN is connected before you try to print - I don't
> think it will "dial-on-demand". Check to see if the printer is marked
> as "offline". If you have the private IP as the IP for the TCP/IP
> printing port, the pptp is connected, you should be able to print.
I second that. Though print jobs can get HUGE (hundreds of MB or
more), depending on what it is you're printing. Certain things just
aren't going to print over a relatively slow link. The 8550N is a
color laser, which makes that even worse.